The Red Hat Society: Red Hats Abound atCreative Habitat at Ben FranklinBurlington, VT — July 19, 2004 Directly in the front door, and to the right, Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin has created a product vignette dedicated solely to the ladies of The Red Hat Society. Founded by a group of women in California, The Red Hat Society celebrates the coming of age for women 50 and over, by wearing fancy red hats and bright purple outfits.Creative Habitat has “caught the Red Hatitude fever,” agreed Mark and Michael Dowling, co-owners. “From straw red hats to purple boa wraps, weve a great selection of fun essential products for the ladies of The Red Hat Society,” Mark noted.Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother of The Red Hat Society, decided to celebrate a friend’s birthday by giving her a poem by British author, Jenny Joseph, entitled Warning. The poem begins, When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesnt suit me.” The poem continues with all the wonderful freeing activities she will partake when she grows old.Local members of The Red Hat Society can create their own look. Creative Habitat has a complete section of Red Hat Society products, including scrap booking essentials, accessories for hats, decorations, wrapping paper, jazzy purple t-shirts, and, of course, the boas,” Mark continued.Today, there are 25,000 chapters in 21 countries, with an estimated 600,000 members. For more information about The Red Hat Society and local chapters in Chittenden County, please check out the Society’s web site at www.redhatsociety.com(link is external).Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin, formerly Ben Franklin, has been owned and operated by Mark and Michael Dowling since 1991. Creative Habitat is an independent store in the Burlington community, continuing in the family tradition of quality home design, crafts, and framing. Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin is located on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, telephone 802-862-0646. You may also visit them on the web at: www.creativehabitatvt.com(link is external).
Two men are now dead following an accident on the Corentyne Highway in Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Saturday evening, after a drinking spree.Dead are the driver of the car Richard Ramnarine, 45, a businessman of Number 46 Village, Corentyne, and Ramesh Rampat, 23, a porter of the same village.The injured have been identified as Prakesh Gangaram, 24, also called ‘Rex’ of Number 47 Village, Rameswar Mangar, 31, also called ‘Boy’ of Number 46 Village, and Mahendra Ramprakash, 24, also called ‘Sneeze’ of Number 47 Village, Corentyne.Reports are that the five men were in the car when the accident occurred at about 20:40h at Number 49 Village.Gangaram, Mangar and Ramprakesh were rushed to the Skeldon Hospital and subsequently transferred to New Amsterdam Hospital,Injured; Rameswar MangarDead: Ramesh RampatDead: Richard RamnarineInjured;Mahendra Ramprakashtreated and sent away while Ramnarine and Rampat were pronounced dead at the Skeldon Hospital.This publication understands that the men were reportedly drinking in Number 47 Village.At about 20:30h the group decided to go home, Gangaram would have been the first one to be dropped off at the Number 48 Village dam.However before they arrived there, a decision was taken to go for a ‘wash down’ at a gas station located at Number 48 Village.They never made it.Reports are that as the car was approaching the Number 50 Village dam, three horses ran across the road and the driver hit the first one and then smashed into a culvert before toppling into the canal.The other two horses escaped unharmed.The dead horse carried no brand.Police are investigating.The bodies of Ramnarine and Rampat are at the Skeldon Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortem examination. (Andrew Carmichael)